Hindu temple architecture

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Different styles of architecture:

NAGARA TEMPLES

Nagara temples have two distinct features :

1.In plan, the temple is a square with a number of graduated projections in the middle of each side giving a cruciform shape with a number of reentrant angles on each side.

In elevation, a Shikhara, i.e., tower gradually inclines inwards in a convex curve, using a concentric rotating squares and circles principle.

The projections in the plan are also carried upwards to the top of the Shikhara and, thus, there is strong emphasis on vertical lines in elevation.

The Nagara style is widely distributed over a greater part of India, exhibiting distinct varieties and ramifications in lines of evolution and elaboration according to each locality.

An example of Nagara architecture is  the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple.

The Kaṇḍāriyā Mahādeva Temple  meaning “the Great God of the Cave”, is the largest and most ornate Hindu temple in the…

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